1955 hit for Platters / WED 1-15-14 / City near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base / Building unit with flanges / Philosopher who wrote It is difficulty to free fools from chains they revere
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Constructor: Bernice Gordon
Relative difficulty: Easy-Medium
- GEOGRAPHY B (17A: It's all about location, location, location)
- "ONLY U" (39A: 1955 hit for the Platters)
- CARIBBEAN C (62A: Environs for Blackbeard)
- AFTERNOON T (11D: Occasion for sandwiches and scones)
- WELL, G (30D: "Hmm, imagine that!"
- BLACK-EYED P (28D: Soul food ingredient)
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NSC (31A: White House advisory grp.), and also tested SO- as the opening of 32D: Inasmuch as (SINCE). I think I was thinking SO FAR … but that would've needed the "as." Anyhoo, there was a bit of scrambling over in that region.
It didn't take me long to get the theme, but filling in the first answer didn't do it for me. GEOGRAPHY is all about location, location, location—so what's this "B" doing at the end (I wondered). I thought there was going to be some trick where the tacked-on letters … did something? Spelled something? Had to be connected with a Sharpie and then folded and hung from the ceiling at dusk while incantations are sung and smoke burns, finally to reveal a map to the lost pyramids of Jackson Hole? But no. After I got AFTERNOON T, the theme became clear. No incense needed. No pyramids. Just a solid, clever theme.
I don't normally do this, but … the constructor's birthday was just a couple days ago, so: Happy Birthday, Bernice. And nice work.
Signed, Rex Parker, King of CrossWorld